Alexandra Maria Lara is a Romanian-German film and television actress best known for roles in ‘Downfall,’ ‘Youth Without Youth,’ ‘Control,’ and ‘Rush.’ Alexandra Plătăreanu, the only child of Romanian actor Valentin Plătăreanu, began her career early and was performing lead roles in various television drama series by the age of 16. Alexandra’s critically acclaimed act in the made-for-TV movie named Der Tunnel paved the way for additional significant parts, including that of secretary of Adolf Hitler named Traudl Junge in the Oscar-nominated historic war drama movie named Downfall. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex and The Reader are two other Oscar-nominated films starring the diva.
Alexandra has participated in a number of notable national and international projects over the years. Among these is the British biographical picture ‘Control,’ the Greek drama film ‘The Dust of Time,’ and the French historical miniseries ‘Napoleon.’ She also remained on the Cannes Film Festival and Transylvania International Film Festival juries.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Early Life
Alexandra Maria Plătăreanu was born on 12th November 1978, in Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania, to parents Valentin Plătăreanu and Doina. Her family decided to flee to West Germany in 1983, when she was four and a half years old, to evade existing under the rule of communist politician of Romania and dictator named Nicolae Ceauşescu. Her family had intended to relocate to Canada, but instead settled in Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg Im Breisgau, and eventually moved to Berlin.
In 1997, she graduated from the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin. Following that, from 1997 to 2000, she studied at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg, which her father co-founded with Henner Oft. Meanwhile, she began participating in a number of television dramas, including the 1994 miniseries Stella Stellaris.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Early Career
In the year 1996, Alexandra made her breakthrough as Pia Mangold in the German TV show Mensch, Pia! Alexandra received tremendous praise for her performance as Charlotte Lohmann in the year 2001 made-for-TV German movie Der Tunnel. Following that, he played a variety of parts in national and international television and film productions. Some of her roles include Annette in the comedy film in Germany called Naked in the year 2002, in miniseries named Napoleon she got the role of Countess Marie Walewska which was a drama of French historical time in 2002, and Tonya Gromyko Zhivago in the British TV series named Doctor Zhivago in 2002.
One of her early significant appearances was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, a historical drama film on war named Downfall, where she played Adolf Hitler’s last private secretary Traudl Junge. The critically acclaimed picture, which premiered on September 14, 2004, at the Toronto Film Festival, became a tremendous financial success and received a Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 77th Academy Awards. She was a jury member at the forth Film Festival of Transylvania International in 2005.
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Alexandra Maria Lara (2007)
Her act in the renowned movie Downfall encouraged American movie director Francis Ford Coppola to write her a letter and cast her in the starring role of Laura, Veronica in his 2007 fantasy drama film ‘Youth Without Youth.’ Meanwhile, she appeared in a number of other productions, including Lili in the 3-part TNT aired TV serial ‘The Company’ (2007), Suzie in the British comedy film ‘I Really Hate My Job’ (2007), and most remarkably as Annik Honore, a Belgian journalist in the critically and commercially fruitful biographical film of Britain called Control, based on Ian Curtis, which was released on 5th October 2007.
Alexandra Maria Lara (2008-2013)
Her next major picture was the 2008 German movie named Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, directed by Uli Edel, in which she played German revolutionary and urban guerilla Petra Schelm. Alexandra was featured as Anna Verniaz in the co-produced internationally fantasy movie A Distant Neighborhood, Sam Garbarski was the director and released on May 20, 2010. Critics gave it generally favorable reviews. She also participated in the Franco-German drama film ‘Small World’ that year.
She rose to prominence after playing Marlene Lauda in the biographical sports film Rush, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. The Ron Howard-directed film, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its theatrical release in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany, became a smashing blockbuster and received critical acclaim.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Recent Career
The 2015 British-French-Belgian Second World War romance drama film ‘Suite Française,’ directed by Saul Dibb and starring her husband Sam Riley among others, featured her in the role of Leah. She portrayed DLR Astronaut and commander space station named Ute Fassbinder in the American tragedy sci-fi thriller Geostorm, which was released on 20th October, 2017. Dean Devlin made his feature film directing debut with it.
Her next appearance with her husband was in the 2018 British comedic drama film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, directed by Ben Wheatley. In it, she played Hannah, the German girlfriend of her husband’s character David. The film premiered in competition at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 11, 2018, was shown on BBC2 on December 30, 2018, and was later exhibited at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival. It garnered mostly positive critical feedback. Alexandra has played in Matthew Vaughn’s next historical action spy movie as Polly, in The King’s Man, which released on 14th February 2020 in the United States by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Dating Life
Alexandra had a love relationship with Florian Unger for nine years before they split up in 2006. On the filming of Control, she met English actor and singer Sam Riley. They dated briefly before marrying on August 8, 2009. They have a son named Ben, who was born in January 2014. She currently resides in Berlin with her family in 2011. Alexandra speaks English, Romanian, German, and French fluently. According to insiders, the diva has been denied a diving license three times.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Personal Information
Full born name: Alexandra Maria Lara
Occupation: Romanian-German film and television actress
Date of birth: 12th November, 1978
Birthplace: Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Father name: Valentin Plătăreanu
Mother name: Doina Plătăreanu
Sibling’s name: N/A
Spouse/ Boyfriend: Sam Riley
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Body Measurements
Alexandra Maria Lara’s inches measures are 30-26-32, respectively.
Alexandra Maria Lara’s Bra And Breast Size
Alexandra Maria Lara is a renowned Romanian-German film and television actress whose bra size is 31B.
Weight: 60 kg
Bra Size: 31B
Cup size: B
Body Measurement: 30-26-32 in or 76-66-81 cm
Chest size: 30 in
Waist size: 26 in
Hip’s size: 32 in
Dress size: N/A
Shoe size: 9 US
Eye’s color: Hazel
Hair color: Blonde